Stripping and The Law

Since the first strip club opened in 1992, stripping has become grown to over 20 licensed venues and related businesses in the city. King Street is regarded as a pseudo-redlight district in Melbourne.

In recent times other businesses have evolved out of stripping like ‘lingerie restaurants These are lunchtime operations designed for businessmen or your average office worker who needs a little pick me up before they begin the next half of their otherwise boring day at the office. These are actual restaurants with either topless waitresses or servers who bring food to customers in skimpy underwear. Restaurants at the forefront of this branch of adult entertainment include Cobb in Carlton and Shamiana who opened their restaurants right in the middle of the CBD. 

Whilst Melbourne has a reasonable amount of strip clubs but there are also agencies that provide strippers Melbourne to a variety of locations. These are the companies one would call if they wanted to host a private show in their own home, a hotel, a yacht and even offices. Strippers aren’t confined to bucks nights. You can book strippers Melbourne to perform at your birthday party, the office party or your retirement party. These agencies aren’t cheap. For instance, you can expect to pay a minimum of $160 – $200 for a 12 minute strip tease or you could spend $400 for a 15 minute demonstration of what you can do with fruit and vegetables. A 25 minute ultimate live show of two girls living out your lesbian fantasy can cost you over $700. Services and fees vary across different clubs. 

Contrary to popular belief, strip clubs are heavily regulated. The government’s attempts to curb alcohol-fuelled violence also included venues like strip clubs. The government adopted a strategy in 2008 to measure the misuse of alcohol in Melbourne and to prevent violence brought on by the misuse of alcohol. The state of Victoria adopted an action plan that led to the creation and passing of the Liquor Control Reform with a licensing bill that introduced. Fee structure based on risk posed by alcohol consumption in public spaces. This saw the liquor licensing shoot up by $30,000 per annum on the bases that strip clubs were high-risk venues. The consumer Affairs ministry considered the total banning of alcohol in strip clubs in September 2008 following the violence that was occurring in King Street, Melbourne’s strip club district. However, there were inconsistencies between the ban on brothels versus strip clubs. Strip clubs aren’t sex shops and you can’t pay for sex. Stripping might have sexual connotations but it does not actively promote girls for sex. 

The prohibition of alcohol in Melbourne brothels is mainly related to the promotion of occupational health and safety laws for sex workers. A liquor ban may have also been a way to discourage people from going to strip clubs and brothels.  Organisations like (CATWA) The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia have been advocating for the “no liquor” law in strip clubs but the truth is, these businesses would lose money as they mainly make profit from entrance fees and bar sales not so much from the strip club performers. If such a law were ever to be passed, it would kill the industry.

 

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